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Hello! So my makeup tends to look a little powdery, and I'm looking for some products or techniques to help this. I currently use revlon color stay and elfs hd translucent powder. I also have dry skin, so I'm thinking I need a powder that looks a little smoother to set my foundation so I can really achieve that natural or even sometimes dewy look instead of powdery or cakey. I typically even let my foundation set for a while before applying powder as well without results. Any suggestions?

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Hi! :)

Well first off, Revlon Colorstay is a pretty heavy duty so it can look pretty cakey if you don’t apply it in a certain way. So you might want to switch to a more light weight foundation unless you really prefer that foundation.

Some things i’d recommend for you are

Using a setting spray

A setting spray will help the foundation sort of melt into the skin taking away any powdery finish. ELF’s Setting Spray, NYX’s Setting Spray, Urban Decay All Nighter and MAC’s Fix Plus are all great setting sprays.

Spray the setting spray about 12 inches from your face, not too close to the skin or it could mess up your makeup! 

Using a damp sponge to apply foundation

This is great especially for your dry skin because it adds a little extra moisture when used damp. Also great for getting your foundation to look really natural because the dampness from the sponge sheers out your foundation a bit making it more light weight on the skin. The sponge presses the foundation into the skin making it look more airbrushed as opposed to a brush possibly creating brush streaks. The pointed end makes it great for blending out under eye concealer and getting into the crevasses. 

You can use cheaper triangle sponges you can get at any drugstore that are meant to be used once or you can buy a “fancy” makeup sponge that is meant to be use washed and reused over and over.

Sonia Kashuk (sold at Target), Real Techniques and Beauty Blender all make great “fancy” makeup sponges. Just make sure to use them slightly damp, squeeze out as much water as possible before you use them to apply foundation you don’t want them too wet.

Hello I just wanted to know what is the best way to get the perfect red lips, I've heard about velvetines but 1. wanted to know have you used it? && 2. What would be good other than that ?

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In my opinion to get the perfect red lip you need lip liner!

Using a red lip liner will give you that clean, sharp red lip with any red lipstick from drugstore to high end. If you go in with a red lip liner to clean the edges and create a sharp lip shape any red lipstick you wear will look fierce.

You can use outline and fill in your lips with lip liner to help the lipstick last all day or just go in and outline/clean up the edges after you’ve already applied lipstick. Applying lipstick with a lip brush or even a concealer or liner brush will work as well. The main point is trying to clean a sharp line, sometimes applying red straight from the tube can look a little messy. You can even go in with concealer or foundation around your lips to get an extra sharp line.

As for which actual lipstick to use, thats really up to you! Theres so many shades of red from bright orange-reds to deep blue reds. Personally, I think a matte red lip is always classic so it can be great for any occasion either casual or dressy. Plus matte red lips last forever on the lips and don’t smudge around as much as a glossy red lip!

The Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet is a FAB matte red! NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo, Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red, Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 111 Kiss Of Life, MAC Russian Red, etc are all great matte reds as well.

So two things to remember

  1. Use a red lip liner to outline the edges for a sharp, clean lip line
  2. Use a matte red for a classic, long wearing look

Good luck babe!

When contouring the nose, I see a lot of people draw a small horizontal line right over the tip of the nose. Where is the proper placement and what exactly does this do?

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That makes the tip of the nose look a little more pointed!

By placing that little horizontal line over the tip you’re making a shadow to look like the nose bridge curves in making the tip look more pointed :)

Best cream contour products?

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You can just use a cream or liquid foundation about 3 - 4 shades darker than your own skin tone! Usually stick foundations or concealers work best for the ease of just swiping them on where you need it. But you can totally just use a darker liquid foundation or cream bronzer and apply them with a brush.

Try stick cream products like

Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Stick Foundation $8 You can use a darker shade to easily swipe in the hollows of your cheeks, forehead, etc.

Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation $44

But you can just use any darker foundation, concealer or cream bronzer and place them where you like to contour. Either just in the hollows of your cheeks or a full face contour. 

Recommended brush set?

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Some brush sets I recommend are

Sonia Kashuk brush sets from Target, they are affordable and always come out with new sets! They also have a great starter eye brush kit for $12.

Real Techniques has great brush sets for around $20 each. Available at Ulta, Target, Walmart, Walgreens or online!  

ELF makes a brush set of all their $3 studio brushes for $30, not the highest quality brushes but great for the price! Available online only at

Sedona Lace makes great quality brush sets, professional quality. More on the pricey side but a GREAT investment. Can buy them online here.

Sigma makes fab quality brush sets, professional quality. Also more on the pricey side but totally worth the investment if makeup is something you take seriously and do often. They make many different sets ranging from eyes to face to a mixture of both. Can buy them online here.